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    Binding question

    I've been quilting for a number of years and I bind my quilts using a double fold with mitered corners. Every now and then, one of my corners ends up with a diagonal joining seam right at or very near the corner. Is there any way to avoid this? Perhaps a formula of some kind?

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    I do not know of any formula, but I try to do a quick go around and see if any are going to fall on the corner and if so adjust the start point a few inches, to avoid that happening.

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    I know it's not what we are told to do, but I rarely measure my binding in advance. If the binding seam is going to come out at a corner, I cut some out to fix the problem.

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    I always lay my binding out on the quilt and adjust it so no seams end up on a corner.

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    If there is a formula, I don't know it. I start with a pin in the middle of one side and loosely measure around the perimeter to check that no seams land in the corners. If needed, I adjust where the strip starts.

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    I have been pinning binding all around the quilt and adjusting to make sure that a seam doesn't fall right on a corner. QM made the light bulb come on for me! Next time I might just do that -- cut and adjust the seam as I sew if it's going to hit on a corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I know it's not what we are told to do, but I rarely measure my binding in advance. If the binding seam is going to come out at a corner, I cut some out to fix the problem.
    I do the same thing. It's pretty easy to take out a few inches to avoid having the seam in a corner.
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    I do the same thing as Tartan does....audition where the seams are landing on the quilt. If any of the seams land on the corner, then I move the binding a few inches or more as needed. Sometimes the quilt may be uneven for one reason or other. For example, if one side is half an inch shorter than the opposite side, I would use the measurement of the shorter side and ease in the opposite side so that both the sides are the same length after the binding is done. Hope this makes sense.

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    I mostly use rounded corners and avoid mitering altogether. I love doing binding this way (of course you have to use bias which I am fine with).

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    This is where the little Clover red binding clips come into their own. You only need to use 2 or 3 each side round your quilt, to roughly see where the joins will lie. I use one to do a rough mitre fold at each corner.

    Much quicker (and much less 'stabbier') than pins. The flat hairclips will work just as well for this.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie_Sue View Post
    I do not know of any formula, but I try to do a quick go around and see if any are going to fall on the corner and if so adjust the start point a few inches, to avoid that happening.
    when i first started, a fellow guild member taught me to do this. i'm so grateful.
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    I also do the cut out a piece as I go method. I've tried laying out the binding, but it never seems to work.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    can you tell me what your quote means?? Lang may yer lum reek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kehoeta View Post
    can you tell me what your quote means?? Lang may yer lum reek.
    "Long may your chimney smoke" Scottish saying celebrating Hogmany, Jan. 2 .....kind of like Star Trek's "Live long and prosper"

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    this is what I do.
    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I know it's not what we are told to do, but I rarely measure my binding in advance. If the binding seam is going to come out at a corner, I cut some out to fix the problem.

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    I have put binding on with the join at the corner I have not had a problem - I just keep going and it has turned out good

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    Yep, I forgot to lay my binding on the quilt and see if I started in a good place to keep the binding seams from falling on a quilt corner. didn't do it! but I made it all right. just barely missed the seam being on the corner, it mitered fine. But that will teach me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I always lay my binding out on the quilt and adjust it so no seams end up on a corner.
    This is what I do!!!!!!!
    "In the crazy quilt of life, I'm glad you are in my block of friends."

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    I do not use the continuous binding but rather cut my binding for each side. The double-mitered method makes it much easier to control just that problem.
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    Just linking to the tutorial. If I make something where rounded corners won't work (which is rare-I actually love the look) I am trying this method for sure.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...g-t180005.html

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    Planning, planning, planning.

    First make more binding than you will need as your insurance.

    Then lay it out to check it out.

    However, as you get toward the end of each side recheck that the seam won't be at the corner. If it is too near then cut the binding so it is shorter than needed and resew it together. Thus you won't have a seam at the corner. Now you will understand why it is better to make your binding more than you will need.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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